George Lawson

Professor George Lawson

Professor & Head of Department


BA (Hons) (Manchester), MSc, PhD (LSE)

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Professor George Lawson

My work is oriented around the relationship between history and theory, with a particular interest in global historical sociology.

I apply this interest to the study of revolutions in two books: Anatomies of Revolution (2019) and Negotiated Revolutions: The Czech Republic, South Africa and Chile (2005). I am currently completing a co-authored book, with Colin Beck, Mlada Bukavansky, Erica Chenoweth, Sharon Nepstad and Daniel Ritter, provisionally entitled Rethinking Revolutions. Beyond this, I am in the planning stages (emphasis on planning) of a project on the long-term relationship between liberalism and revolution.

I also apply my interest in history-theory to debates around global modernity, most notably in a book (co-authored with Barry Buzan) that charts the ways in which a range of important dynamics in contemporary international relations have their roots in the 19th century ‘global transformation’. Barry and I are in the early stages of a sequel to this project, tentatively entitled, Modes of Power.

More details of my work can be found on my CV.

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